Boston Restaurants

Chances are you will only eat out a handful of times while you are here so eat like the Boston locals. Our guide to Boston Restaurants makes it easy to decide. We don't put together an exhaustive list of every restaurant in Boston, just the ones that are you are most likely to enjoy. We include a brief write up for each restaurant and the link to their web site so you can see the menu and details about hours and reservations. We tried to put a variety of restaurants on the list, including Fine Dining Restaurants, Italian Restaurants, Steakhouses, French Restaurants, Seafood and more. Let us know what you think about our Boston Restaurants guide.

Restaurant Reviews


Boston Fine Dining Restaurant Top of the Hub Restaurant
800 Boylston St
Boston, MA
(617) 536-1775

If you want to incorporate a great view with a superb meal then you want to eat at the most elevated of the Boston restaurants. Top of the Hub Restaurant sits on the fifty second Floor and overlooks Boston with an amazing view. The view is spectacular but so is the food. The Top of the Hub serves some of the best local seafood and regional cuisine of all the restaurants in Boston. The cuisine is contemporary with some other unique worldly influences that give the restaurant its own personality. The setting is upscale and refined with elegant table settings and excellent service. As you would expect from most any of the Boston restaurants the seafood is as fresh as it gets. The fish and shellfish arrive from the North Atlantic daily. The lunch and dinner menus are mouth watering. The menu has some great appetizers like Yellow fin Tuna, Lobster, Clam Chowder, Crab, Scallops, Foie Gras, Caviar, salads and more. The entrees are fresh and feature Salmon, Halibut, Tuna, Lobster, Haddock, Chicken, Filet Mignon, Pork Chops, New York Strip, Lamb and Veal all prepared and cooked to perfection. Unlike a few of the Boston restaurants the lunch menu is equally impressive with Scampi, Ravioli, Haddock, Pot Pies Sandwiches, and more. There is a great selection of wines and champagne to perfectly match your meal. The Top of the Hub uses only the highest quality cuts of meat and the freshest seafood so you know you are getting quality every time. Stop in for lunch, brunch or dinner.

Upscale Boston Seafood Restaurant Atlantic Fish Company Restaurant
761 Boylston St
Boston , MA
(617) 267-4000

The beauty about dining at Boston restaurants during beautiful summer days and nights is that you can dine outside. When dining on seafood, it just feels right. At the Atlantic Fish Restaurant you have the option to dine inside or out. Atlantic Fish Restaurant has been serving fresh seafood to Bostonians for almost 40 years and is considered by many to have the best seafood in Boston. A lot of it has to do with the ultimate freshness of the seafood being brought ashore that morning. Each day the menu is prepared and varies depending upon the fish they buy that morning. If its not fresh, it won't be on the menu. The seafood can be prepared anyway you like it; grilled, fried, baked, however you like. Some of the fish you will see on the lunch menu might be Salmon, Haddock, Sole, Cod, Swordfish, Catfish, Halibut. Shellfish like; Shrimp, clams, oysters, Lobster and more. There are delicious appetizers like Mussels, Oysters Rockefeller, Crab, Clams, Calamari and more. The dinner menu is outstanding and prepared to perfection with; Salmon, Sea Bass, Halibut, Tuna, Mahi Mahi, Haddock, Lobster and so much more. The Atlantic Fish Company Restaurant is open for Lunch, Brunch, and Dinner and is one of the best of the Boston restaurants for anything that comes from the sea.

Fine Dining Boston Restaurant No. 9 Park Fine Dining Restaurant
9 Park St, Boston
Boston, MA
(617) 742-9991

The first thing that comes to mind after finishing a meal at No. 9 Park Restaurant is this is what fine dining is all about. There are many Boston restaurants that feature an upscale dining experience, but few that do it as well as this restaurant. The dining room is elegant with beautiful wood touches and antiques to compliment the table cloth settings. It is located in the historic section of Boston and has wonderful views of the Boston Common. The restaurant has been recognized and earned Four Diamonds, selected as one of the best Boston restaurants, and best Wine Lists are just a few. They earned the awards, the food is delicious. You can see the different European influences and techniques. The menu features carefully selected ingredients thoughtfully prepared to bring out the full flavor and uniqueness of the food. The menu really delivers on that promise with Gazpacho, Tortellini, Gnocchi, Foie Gras, Truffles, Salmon, Tuna, Octopus, Chicken, Duck, Lamb, Veal, Wagyu and so much more. The deserts are probably the best among all restaurants in Boston with Cheesecake, Tarts, Tortes, Sorbet and more. The tasting menu offers some great choices, Beef ribs, Quail, Char, Lobster and more. They are especially proud of the wine menu with some of the best European wines to compliment your meal. They are open every evening for dinner. No. 9 Park Restaurant will make sure you have a memorable meal in a beautiful setting.

 Steakhouse Boston Restaurant Abe & Louie's Restaurant
793 Boylston St
Boston , MA
(617) 536-6300

Louie's Steakhouse is one of those Boston restaurants you are going to keep coming back to. It's what you expect from a steak house and more. Over 50 years in the business in Boston the restaurant family has always focused on the customer experience. The service at this Boston restaurant is among the best. The steaks may be the best. Aged beef and the freshest seafood guarantees a superb meal every time. The produce is locally sourced and is determined by the season to make sure it is the freshest possible. The wine menu is extensive with several hundred choices to match your steak or seafood. The menu is a delight with the perfect selection of appetizers, Carpaccio, Steak Tartare, Ahi Tuna, Shrimp, Oysters, Crab, Clams, Clam Chowder and more. Abe's restaurant is a great place for lunch with some great soups and chowder, burger's, club sandwiches, filet sandwich, Sirloin, Delmonico, pork chops and more. The dinner menu features the fantastic appetizers, soups, and salads. The dinner entrees feature the best cuts of filet, NY Strip, Delmonico, Rib Eye, Veal and Pork Chops, Lamb, Prime Rib and more. It is safe to say this is one of the Boston restaurants that won't disappoint.

Boston Restaurant L'Espalier Restaurant
774 Boylston St
Boston , MA
(617) 262-3023

L'Espalier Restaurant opened almost 40 years ago, now located in the Back Bay. It is elegant and upscale with modern clean lines and white table cloth decor. The cuisine is French with regional touches to fit Boston perfectly. With all the Boston restaurants its a crowded field, but L'Espalier stands out with a refined menu and service to match. It is close to everything in the Back Bay so you can walk just about anywhere. The list of awards this restaurant has earned is long and prestigious, Five Diamonds, Four Stars, Best of the restaurants in Boston, and so many more for wine, cuisine and food. The menu may vary with the season and day as it is dependent on freshness of the ingredients and produce. They take pride in sourcing as much as they can locally and in and around the Boston area. They are open for lunch and dinner. The lunch menu is special with appetizers of caviar, oysters, soup, salads, salmon, duck pate, and more. The lunch entrees feature; Lobster, halibut, roast chicken, and rib eyes. Dinner is something special with great appetizers and entrees like Rib Eyes, Salmon, Halibut, Lobster, Duck all cooked in using French Modern preparation and techniques. There is a long list of desserts to top off a delicious meal. There are a lot of restaurants in Boston, but few that deliver like L'Espalier.

Boston Fine Dining Restaurant Stephanie's on Newbury Restaurant
190 Newbury St
Boston , MA
(617) 236-0990

Stephanie's is one of those rare Boston restaurants that is clearly upscale but serves a lot of the food that we might eat everyday. It opened over 20 years ago in the Back Bay in Boston. It is close to everything which lets you dine in the middle of all the Back Bay happenings. Magazines and Newspapers have raved about the food at Stephanie's for years, The Boston Herald, Boston Magazine, NY Times, Food and Arts, Boston Metro, and the list goes on. It is a special among restaurants in Boston because the food is not only delicious but you get large servings to fill the most starved tummy. It is comfort food made from fresh ingredients often taking advantage of the season. Its the food we like to eat everyday with a decidedly upscale presentation. Stephanie's Restaurant has a very comfortable atmosphere allowing you to enjoy a meal without pretext. Sit inside or dine outside where you can watch the people go by and soak in the vibrant Back Bay life. The menu features home made items and it delicious, with appetizers like Clam Chowder, Bruschetta, Crab Cakes, Mussels, Calamari, Ahi Tuna, Salads and more. The dinner menu has all the favorites, Sirloin Burger's, Meat loaf, Fish and Chips, Mac and Cheese, Pot Pie, Pastas and more. The entrees are superb with Lamb Chops, Salmon, Char, Pork Tenderloin, Chicken Trout, Cod, Scallops, and Duck. The food is not thrown on the plate it is thoughtfully presented which just makes is a little different than the other Boston Restaurants serving comfort food. The lunch menu is equally as rewarding with another sandwich menu that features some sandwiches you might make at home but would never taste as good. Of all the restaurants in Boston, Stephanie's makes comfort food cool.

Boston Italian Restaurant Mamma Maria Italian Restaurant
3 North Square
Boston , MA
617.523.0077

This may be the best of all Boston restaurants that feature upscale Italian fare or any cuisine for that matter. Mamma Maria Italian Restaurant is renowned for its superb food, service and atmosphere. It has received praise from a long list of restaurant reviewers, The Boston Globe, Boston Restaurants, 4 Diamonds from AAA, Boston Magazine, NY Times, Food Network and more. The restaurant is housed in a beautiful and quaint historic building with charming decor on a cobblestone street. Inside the dining rooms offer a unique private club atmosphere that perfectly matches the sophisticated menu. Don't be surprised if you run into some pretty well known people. The menu is as good as it gets. The ingredients are sourced from farms and suppliers in the Boston area. The menu will vary slightly from season to season as Mamma Maria takes advantage of the freshness of the current crops. The dinner menu is exactly what you want to see at an upscale Italian restaurant. Delicious appetizers; Scallops, Shrimp, Calamari, Suckling, Crab, Carpaccio, Tuna, Lobster Gnocchi and more. Carefully prepared entrees; Bass, Buccatini, Lobster, NY Strip Steak, Pork, Halibut, Seafood Pasta, Rabbit, Chicken, and Osso Buco are just a few of the mouth watering main courses. There is also and extensive wine and dessert menu to compliment each meal. There are a lot of Boston restaurants to choose from, you can't go wrong at Mamma Maria's.

Boston Restaurant Meritage Restaurant Boston
70 Rowes Wharf
Boston , MA
(617) 439-3995

There are not a lot of Boston restaurants that have earned four stars. Meritage Restaurant is one of the few that have and is a testament to the strong commitment to buying fresh from local farms and suppliers and perfectly preparing each ingredient to match the season. You would not expect anything less from a chef that has developed his techniques after years of experience in culinary birthplaces throughout Europe and the United States. This dedication to the finest ingredients and culinary perfection creates a restaurant that excels on every level. There is another unique aspect of this restaurant, the wine list and wine paring. Not only do they deliver on the food, they look at the meal and wine as one to find the perfect wine paring for each meal. This is unique, but it shouldn't be. A satisfying dining experience is a result of great food, exceptional service, matched wine and the perfect atmosphere. Take a look at the white wine suggestions, Soft Shell Crab, Salmon, Sea Scallops, Cod, Halibut, and Pheasant. The red wine has a completely different palate; Foie Gras, Veal, Bass, Lamb, Ribs, Duck, and Filet Mignon. There is also a good selection Ports and Champagnes. The appetizers are prepared in ways you have never seen before. Everything about the dining experience at Meritage is special which makes it truly one of the best Boston restaurants.

Boston Restaurant Sandrine's Restaurant
8 Holyoke Street
Boston , MA
617-497-5300

Sandrine's Bistro is one of only a handful of Boston restaurants that feature French cuisine with modern style. The menu is focused on doing a few things really well. The restaurant is warm and inviting with large windows that when open give you the feeling of a French Cafe. The menu has the most popular appetizers, Escargot, Tuna, and Beef Tartare. The main course features specially prepared entrees like; Scallops, Steak, Duck and more. Everything is prepared and presented as if it is a work of art. Start off lunch with Gazpacho, Foie Gras, Escargot, or some fresh salads. Then set your teeth into a flavorful Sirloin or Lamb Burger, French Dip, or Turkey Sandwich. There is more to choose from and all of it is good. There is also a great selection wine, beer, cocktails, and some fantastic port wines. This is a one of the Boston restaurants that is like a vacation in France without the baggage.

Boston Restaurant Gaslight 560 Brasserie Restaurant
560 Harrison Ave
Boston , MA
(617) 422-0224

Gaslight 560 is a French restaurant in Boston that has created a wonderful atmosphere by blending wood and antiques with hand made objects and decor. It is that relaxed, take your time and enjoy your meal sensation that you would expect from a European cafe. The food is delicious. Just looking at the menu you can't wait to see the food on your plate. The appetizers are prepared with true French touches and is unlike anything you will find anywhere else. Start with some Smoked Salmon, Escargot, Foie Gras, Steak Tartare, Fondue, Shrimp Cocktails, Oysters, or a fresh salad. The main course features swordfish, chicken, Tuna, Duck, Trout, Salmon, Pork Chops, Cod and so much more. The flavorings and seasonings are special with roasted peppers, shallots, artichokes, bearnaise, and so many more to really compliment the entree. There are a few Boston restaurants that create an experience, at Gaslight 560 the food is the experience. Even more remarkable are the prices. You would be hard pressed to find food of this quality and preparation this good at these prices. The value is hard to beat. The wine list is superb with some great French wines to compliment your meal.

Boston Steakhouse Restaurant Mooo Steakhouse Restaurant
15 Beacon St
Boston , MA
(617) 670-2515

Why would someone name their restaurant Mooo? Who cares when the food is this good. One of the favorite Boston restaurants, Mooo is not serves great steaks for dinner but is open for Lunch and Breakfast as well. It is a traditional steak house in every way with a huge selection of Prime cuts expertly cooked. Select from Porterhouse, Filet Mignon, New York Strip, Rib Eye, Delmonico, Wagyu and more. Plus some great seafood options, Shrimp, Salmon, Scallops, Lobster, Clams and more. You will also see some entrees that you normally don't see at steak houses. How about Beef Wellington, Lamb, and Cornish Hen. For lunch you get some great steaks or maybe a sirloin burger, tenderloin sandwich, or lobster roll. Unlike most upscale Boston restaurants, you can get breakfast at Mooo. Pancakes, Waffles, Bagels and of course the best steak and eggs. All this food in an upscale setting in Beacon Hill is a great reason to dine at Mooo's tonight.

Boston Restaurant Sportello's Italian Restaurant
348 Congress St
Boston , MA
(617) 737-1234

You are going to find Sportello's to be a very interesting Italian restaurant. Italian restaurants in Boston generally have a very traditional feel and decor. Sportello's has now of that. It is very sleek, simple and modern with clean lines and a bright open concept. But the food is traditional and good. Featuring fresh pasta and seasonal ingredients to create a menu that is mouth watering. Italian cuisine has always relied on fresh ingredients that come from the market each day, home made and served with passion. The presentation is elegant and beautiful. The dinner menu features some great salads, soup, and Carpaccio. Choose from some awesome pasta dishes, seafood and beef. Bass, Salmon, Pork, Chicken are just some of the great entrees. The lunch menu is just as outstanding with some great home made pastas and salads. Sportello's is probably the most unique Italian restaurant you will ever venture into. Any time you are in Boston is a good time to dine.


We hope we made it easier to decide between all the Boston Restaurants you could eat at.

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